Sunday 27 October 2019

About Today Readings

30th Sunday In Ordinary Time

Ecclesiasticus 35:12-14, 16-19. Psalm 32(33):2-3, 17-19, 23. 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18. Luke 18:9-14.

The Lord hears the cry of the poor – Psalm 32(33):2-3, 17-19, 23

‘God be merciful to me, a sinner!’

When I pray, do I look at the sins of the other or at my own failings? We see two attitudes to prayer in this parable. The Pharisee’s attitude to God was one of racking up credits for himself, such as fasting and paying extra tax, so didn’t God owe him? Then there is his attitude towards others, especially the tax-collector; he despised him and was arrogant, complacent and scornful of sinners.

The Pharisee only compared himself to others, congratulating himself on all he was doing, yet it was the tax-collector who looked within himself and could see how he had failed to love and this moved him closer to God. Pope Francis has said, ‘I am a sinner on whom the Lord has turned his gaze’. It is a phrase I take to heart, as we need this merciful gaze if we are to continue on the journey.

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